2019 ITA Men's Kickoff

Preview - Oklahoma Region

Oklahoma is one of the host schools with a very legitimate shot of being upset and I am looking very forward to the final here. The Sooners bring Spencer Papa back after a year off with a medical red-shirt and also add Spanish freshman Rafael Izquierdo to the lineup. Drake has a respectable lineup, but not one that will compete with the Sooners and Oklahoma will make quick work of this match.

The second match of the day on Saturday gives us Vanderbilt vs. Notre Dame. Notre Dame is much improved this year with the addition of Axel Nefve to the lineup and Vanderbilt lost Daniel Valent and Baker Newman from the 2/3 spots. All of that spells trouble for the 2nd seeded Commodores here as Notre Dame has got to be a pretty heavy favorite. Regardless of how the match turns out though, the match between Cam Klinger and Alex Lebedev should be a great one. However, even if the Dores can pull off the doubles point and a Klinger win, I'm not sure where they get two more. Likely their best chances are Rowe and Virtanen at 5/6 but I just don't see that happening.

If we do indeed end up with an Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame final it should be a great match. If you want to see hard hitting tennis make your way out to Court 1 and watch Spencer Papa and Alex Lebedev rip the cover off the ball. Not only will there be plenty of power on display but you'll see plenty of emotion too. You'll be hard-pressed to find someone as intense as Lebedev is on the court and that will be a classic match. Working down the lineup I like Oklahoma at 2 and 4 with Van Emburgh and Calvo and I like Notre Dame at 3 and 6 with Nefve and Cabrera. I haven't seen Izquierdo play yet and he is a freshman and I don't know what Papa has in him so with the uncertainty I'll take the Irish in a nail-biter.

Predictions:

Oklahoma 4, Drake 0
Notre Dame 4, Vanderbilt 1
Final: Notre Dame 4, Oklahoma 3

Lineups submitted

Oklahoma
Singles
  • 1. Spencer Papa
    14.02
  • 2. Jake Van Emburgh
    13.63
  • 3. Alex Bakshi
    13.55
  • 4. Ferran Calvo
    13.47
  • 5. Rafael Izquierdo
    13.42
  • 6. Jochen Bertsch
    13.15
  • 7. Stefano Tsorotiotis
    12.67
  • 8. Mason Beiler
    13.37
  • 9. Max Stewart
    12.99
  • 10. Matt Rodriguez
    12.61
  • 11. Taine Bernhard
    11.61

  • Doubles
    • 1. Papa/Van Emburgh
    • 2. Calvo/Beiler
    • 3. Bakshi/Tsorotiotis
    • 4. Stewart/Bertsch
    • Drake
      Singles
      • 1. Vinnie Gillespie
        13.49
      • 2. Barny Thorold
        12.63
      • 3. Tom Hands
        13.29
      • 4. Bayo Philips
        12.76
      • 5. Calum MacGeoch
        13.02
      • 6. Ben Clark
        12.57
      • 7. Finley Hall
        12.20
      • 8. Freddie Powell
        11.78
      • 9. Reid Jarvis
        11.45
      • 10. Max Maas
        11.92
      • 11. Ralph Maas
        11.25

      • Doubles
        • 1. Gillespie/Thorold
        • 2. Philips/Hall
        • 3. MacGeoch/Hands
        • 4. Powell/Clark
        • Vanderbilt
          Singles
          • 1. Cameron Klinger
            13.72
          • 2. Max Freeman
            13.29
          • 3. George Harwell
            13.08
          • 4. Macsen Sisam
            13.01
          • 5. Billy Rowe
            12.95
          • 6. Panu Virtanen
            12.96
          • 7. Marcus Ferreira
            12.73
          • 8. Christiaan Worst
            12.84
          • 9. Alex Ross
            12.46

          • Doubles
            • 1. Klinger/Freeman
            • 2. Worst/Virtanen
            • 3. Rowe/Harwell
            • 4. Sisam/Ferreira
            • Notre Dame
              Singles
              • 1. Alex Lebedev
                14.14
              • 2. Richard Ciamarra
                13.70
              • 3. Axel Nefve
                13.74
              • 4. Tristan McCormick
                13.36
              • 5. William Howells
                13.44
              • 6. Guillermo Cabrera
                13.42
              • 7. Matt Gamble
                13.00
              • 8. Grayson Broadus
                12.82
              • 9. Paul Gota
                11.77
              • 10. Nathan Griffin
                12.30

              • Doubles
                • 1. Ciamarra/McCormick
                • 2. Lebedev/Nefve
                • 3. Broadus/Gamble
                • 4. Cabrera/Howells
                • 5. Gota/Griffin